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May 14, 2023


Beer teaches us how to write again! And to the art curator...thank you Terence for ingenuity on SUNDAYS.

Outstanding. I admire and enjoy the capture of history, and oddment of, as well as the fine artistry of the poem itself. Thanks for including the film.

Thanks for the comment, Grace.

An ode to Marlene Dietrich: how wonderful! "Observe how that polished body curves / in the strategy of lights, how its voice / is like a parody of mourning,/ and so even more mournful / immersed in its high-pitched joke." Great picture of Dietrich, too.

wow wow wow, poem, post, video, all gems leaving me wanting more!

Outstanding and enjoyable. Love the poem and the wonderful artwork.

Who knew??? Another delight courtesy of the divine Marlene and the unparalleled mr winch!!

Clarinda: thanks for the comment.

A toast to Nicky Beer's great ear! Thanks Terence--this poem's fabulous. There's observation and then there's observation!

Nicky Beer's ear and eye for the music conjured in this poem are uncannily spot-on. Sounds and images blend in what can be aptly called a multi-sensual feast and feat. Through this poem I can hear what Marlene Dietrich sawed. I confess to being fascinated with Berlin-born Dietrich as an actress (Lola-Lola in THE BLUE ANGEL in 1930 to Frau Bertholt in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG in 1961) and as a cabaret singer-turned-chanteuse (and, of course, musical saw adept). I can recall Dietrich singing "Lili Marlene" in German and “La Vie en Rose” in French. Also, the musical tours she did with the Burt Bacharach Orchestra (yes, THAT Burt Bacharach) during the late 1950s practically infuse the 2007 CD compilation MARLENE DIETRICH WITH THE BURT BACHARACH ORCHESTRA, which I recommend to Dietrich doters and Bacharach back-cataloguers. Nicky Beer's poem is a gift that keeps giving. It's superb writing by her and another superb choice by Terence Winch.

Thanks, Earle. Great comment, as always.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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